McNabb Calls Eagles "A Super Bowl Team"

BETHLEHEM, Pa.--The Philadelphia Eagles, according to quarterback Donovan McNabb, are back to being one of the NFC's top teams.

With wide receiver Terrell Owens gone, McNabb said today he's getting a feeling that the Eagles have returned to being the same sort of balanced, cohesive club that they were when they reached (and lost) three straight NFC title games before Owens's arrival--and when they reached (and lost) the Super Bowl in Owens's first season with the team, prior to last year's meltdown.

"We're back to playing the way we were in 2002, '03, '04," McNabb said. "We're playing together. No one wants to give us credit yet. But that's fine. When the season starts, people will realize we're back to the top of the NFC."

Owens's departure left the Eagles without a true No. 1 receiver. But McNabb maintains that the club will find playmakers in its receiving corps. The youngster who replaced Owens in the lineup, second-year pro Reggie Brown, had a superb practice here today. Tailback Brian Westbrook, provided that his sprained foot is healed by the regular season, and tight end L.J. Smith are reliable offensive producers, and McNabb is healthy again after being plagued all of last season by the sports hernia that eventually required season-ending surgery.

"This is a Super Bowl team," McNabb said. "It goes back to 2001, 2002, 2003. It's guys that people will talk bad about because they're not a number one guy or not a big-name guy, but they're guys that we're confident can make plays for us."

McNabb has been sharp in the Eagles' two preseason games. And as the team prepares to break training camp Wednesday at Lehigh University, McNabb sounded like all is well again in his Owens-less football universe.

"I'm happy to be out on the field," he said. "I don't like to sit back and watch. When I was hurt last year, I was trying to fight just like I was 100 percent. There were things I couldn't do, but I tried."

By Mark Maske |  August 14, 2006; 9:33 PM ET  | Category:  Eagles
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